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Lawrence Lessig & Friends - Free Culture Audiobook

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Lawrence Lessig & Friends - Free Culture Audiobook

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Free Culture is a book by Lawrence Lessig, the official homepage can be found at The book can be bought in bookstores but also downloaded in many different forms from the Internet. All this because Mr. Lessig has released the book under a Creative Commons ( license that permits derivative works (such as this audio book) as long as credit is given to the original author.

The initiative to make this audio version was originally taken by AKMA at his blog over at and since it has been refined by Scott Matthews at

This downloadable version was originally assembled by Noa Resare.


The first and biggest credit goes to Prof. Lawrence Lessig for writing a fantastic book and making it freely available.

Secondly I would like to credit A. K. M. Adam for coming up with the idea of making an audio book and coordinating the different contributed chapters.

Thirdly I would like to credit Scott Matthews for making the excellent audio book popup at that I used for this distribution.

At last I would like to thank all the people that have read chapters of the book. Here is the list of voices you will hear. For more information about the readers, please have a look at

Preface (5:14)
Read by Kevin Marks (

Introduction (25:45)
Read by Ralph Levien (

Chapter 1: Creators (17:44)
Read by Doug Kaye (

Chapter 2: Mere Copyists (30:44)
Read by AJ Wright (

Chapter 3: Catalogs (10:22)
Read by Victoria Wright (

Chapter 4: Pirates (17:14)
Read by Eric Rice (

Chapter 5: Piracy (45:42)
Read by A. K. M. Adam (

Chapter 6: Founders (29:14)
Read by Adam Brault (

Chapter 7: Recorders (9:14)
Read by Michael Shook (

Chapter 8: Transformers (14:42)
Read by Suw Charman (

Chapter 9: Collectors (14:15)
Read by Tara Liloia (

Chapter 10: Property (109:48)
Read by Scott Fiddelke

Chapter 11: Chimera (10:55)
Read by Dave Winer (

Chapter 12: Harms (53:51)
Read by Dave Winer (

Chapter 13: Eldred (83:10)
Read by George Sessum (

Chapter 14: Eldred II (17:14)
Read by David Weinberger (

Chapter 15: Conclusion (28:51)
Read by Enoch Choi (

Chapter 16: Afterword (58:20)
Read by Tim Samoff (


Reviewer: globallysourced - favorite - July 31, 2011
Subject: Reviewing the media, not content
Badly requires an audio editor. I suggest Audacity.

Mis-spoken phrases like "The illegality illeg legality of.." cloud meaning constantly, every couple sentences. Coughing, throat clearing, and snorting can nauseate listeners or make it hard to hear over the laughter. I realize anyone can fix it, but I'd be embarrassed to post a recording of myself horking and stuttering when editing is simple and seamless.

Low audio quality reduces much of the recording to mumbling. I'd consider editing, but unless there's a higher quality recording, it'll be unintelligible reencoded.

Good book, insightful and ahead of its time, but that's another review altogether.
Reviewer: triviaqueen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2010
Subject: Everyone needs to hear this.
If you consume or create media in the 21st century, this book is a must-listen. The nice thing about this edition, created through collaboration by a number of readers, is the variation in delivery of one author's material. The downside is that the quality of the chapters varies, with a couple being what I would consider quite weak. Still, well worth the time.
Reviewer: Andrew Stuckey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2004
Subject: Wonderful
A fresh look at common sense copyright law. Even if you're new to the subject, this is the book to get you started, especially if you have long car rides and a CD player/iPod ;)
Reviewer: Robot Books - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2004
Subject: Not Paul Bunyan
I feel like the guy who goes up against Paul Bunyan, with the chain saw.

I loved the Lawrence Lessig book so much, I synthesized it:

Yeah, the human voice is always better,
but just think of the possibilities, once we
get synthesized books that are really listenable.
Reviewer: suspect - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Subject: Eye opening, everyone should read.
My brother-in-law recommended the Free Culture website and that's where I found the pdf version of the book. I downloaded it and printed it and read it and it's phenominal. The creative commons license is just the beginning. This book opened my eyes to the history of piracy and what it turned into. From Disney, to RCA, I really had no idea. I cannot comment on the recordings because I haven't heard them, however, any way that you can read/hear this book, do it. You won't regret it.
Reviewer: cainmark - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2004
Subject: This is a great example of what a creative commons license can do!
I'd downloaded the Free Culture PDF file and was listening to it through a text-to-speech engine. Then I found out about this project and downloaded it with refrehingly different voices for each chapter.

Oh yeah, loved the work too.
Reviewer: Dgold at AHT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2004
Subject: Thinking about popular culture
The reader on Chapter 1, Doug Kaye, is really good: audio quality, voice, and pace. The problem with an audio book for me is that it's harder to re-read and digest a paragraph. But with a good voice reader, it is easier to ponder the challenging text, straight-through.
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